Sunday, April 27, 2008

I don't know if even a mother could love these faces

Today in my Internet surfery, I accidentally stumbled upon an old English tradition known as gurning.

According to Wikipedia,
A gurn is a distorted facial expression, and a verb to describe the action. A typical gurn might involve projecting the lower jaw as far forward and up as possible, and covering the upper lip with the lower lip.
Doesn't that sound fun so far?

Now, how about this:
Gurning contests are a rural English tradition and were once common at travelling sideshows, fairs and freak shows. They are still held regularly in some villages, and the contestants traditionally frame their faces through a horse collar - known as 'gurnin' through a braffin'. The World Gurning Championship is held annually in Egremont, Cumbria as one part of the Egremont Crab Fair. Those with the greatest gurn capabilities are often those with no teeth, as this provides greater room to move the jaw further up. In some cases the elderly or otherwise toothless can be capable of spectacular gurns covering the entire nose.

3 Talked Back:

At April 29, 2008 at 2:54:00 PM CDT, Blogger Scott said...

I work with a guy who looks like the second one from the top.


At April 29, 2008 at 10:03:00 PM CDT, Blogger stan said...

Your coffee breaks must be a riot...


At May 11, 2008 at 11:37:00 PM CDT, Blogger Jana Swartwood said...

That is SO awesome!


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